• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Ultimate Speaker for all occasions!

    • Written by from Santa Cruz

    This HK Aura will serious make you rethink about all of your speakers that you ever have in your possession! the 360 omnidirectional speakers truly live up to what it says. Don't worry the bass isn't a loser at all...you can download the Harman Kardon App to adjust the bass as you wish and everything will be up to you to play. With the only speakers that I know now that carries both Bluetooth and AirPlay in the same device, I personally think this is the speaker to go for...no matter where you place it, the sound is perfect wherever it is placed...love it so much that I'm planning on buying extra ones around the house so that I can link it all up together!

    45 of 51 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound, Beautiful Design

    • Written by from Burnaby

    The Harman/Kardon Aura, is one of the best wireless speakers available today. Priced at a reasonable $400, it is neither horrendously overpriced nor what would be considered cheap. Its size is about the same as the box for a small~medium coffee-making machine. However, don't let its small footprint fool you. Its size belies the sound it produces, easily filling my 20x12 foot bedroom with beautiful crisp omnidirectional sound. With treble that does not roll off too much at highest frequencies, smooth natural mids, and punchy but not boomy bass, the Aura is a solid performer at any price point. At high levels there is no distortion, although I hesitate to really dial up the volume past ~60-70% since the sound becomes unnecessarily loud and unhealthy for your ears. It has a easily tunable bass boost with the HK Remote app from the App Store as well as small-step volume control. Connectivity features include Bluetooth apt-x and Airplay as well as DLNA and a 3.5mm auxiliary input to connect your Macbook's headphone out. Listening at low volumes is equally fun as at high levels, as the sound is crystal clear and not muffled even at 20% or less. Once set up, the Airplay connection is quite good and I have yet to experience any audio lag or dropouts. The Bluetooth input is equally good. Lastly, I would like to mention the design. It is reminiscent of the HK iSub from the iconic HK Soundsticks, though obviously the build quality is a step up. It has a premium cloth-covered grill, glass cover and sound tube and LED lighting to indicate operational/volume status. I would wholeheartedly recommend the Aura to anyone in the market for an Airplay speaker that is both well designed and capable of reproducing great sound.

    42 of 51 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sounding system

    • Written by from ARLINGTON HEIGHTS

    The HK Aura is a great sounding speaker system. The mid and treble ranges are well-defined and the bass range is crisp and clear, even, surprisingly, at low volumes. Musical styles from classical to singer/songwriter to Nine Inch Nails all sound great, especially for such a small system.

    Streaming music from iTunes to the Aura plus an Airport Express is seamless, with no noticeable delay between the receiver (hooked up to the Airport) in one room and the Aura in another.

    37 of 41 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice, but will be going back.

    • Written by from Honolulu

    I really like this speaker a lot. Sounds really good and has great features. It also looks great on my shelf. My main problem is that when you are using one audio source. All the other sources stay active. What I mean by that, I am using the speaker linked to my PC with an AUX cable, but the bluetooth stays on in pairing mode, you can not disable it. This is a problem for me as I live in an apartment and I do not like the idea of anybody that can detect this speaker be able to connect to it. Not for any security reasons, But one can simply connect to it and start blasting their music at max level during night time and the only control you will have over it is to simply unplug it or turn it off! Also, if you are not using it in WIFI mode, the wifi light stays blinking fast until it connects to a wifi network! It gets very annoying very quick that the light is always blinking and you can not turn it off. I know I could probably put a black tape on top but thats not a solution when you just spent $400 on this speaker.

    Maybe if you live in a big house and the bluetooth signal does not reach beyond the walls of your house then it will be ok as no random person will be able to connect to it. But in my case, this is a no-no.

    I will keep an eye on it and probably purchase it again if HK decide to release an firmware update to give you the option to turn off bluetooth AND WIFI if you are not using them. AND/OR have some kind of way to not have the speaker always in pairing mode if you are not using bluetooth. I already have sent them my feedback about this and hopefully they will fix it. Other than that, it is going back for now.

    29 of 32 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent sound quality, but TERRIBLE TERRIBLE connection and app.

    • Written by from Montreal

    Pro:
    1. Sound quality is among the best at 400 price level.
    2. 360 angle distribution of sound. (This is really nice)
    3. Beautiful design.

    Cons:
    1. Wifi (Airplay) function is practically broken. Very picky on your router... I tried three most updated routers, only one can pair with this speaker.
    2. Bluetooth connection is slightly better than the wifi, but still not close to competing products. You have to manually connect to your bluetooth device every time...
    3. The App for remote control is horrible.... you have to wait for 10s for the connection before you can adjust your volume.... which is nuts....
    4. BTW, You can only adjust the bass in the stupid app.
    5. I don't know if it is due to connection issues, the sound sometimes go to very low....

    Conclusion: For speaker functionality, it is very good and the speaker is absolutely beautiful. It is also very well built. However, HK company should really fire their wireless connection department, they did a horrible job for the wifi, bluetooth and app. I really wanna to keep it, but sadly, I'm cannot stand the poor connections.

    I would give the speaker 5 stars for the speaker part and 0 star for the wireless part. Since one major selling point is the wireless connectivity, I decided in total give it a 2 stars.

    18 of 20 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Bought them, tested them ... And returned them

    • Written by from Milwaukee

    Nice design but serious latency problems even with a super fast and reliable wi-fi network. Cannot compare to "wired" speakers. Sorry Harman: an overall very disappointing experience for me.

    12 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    So much goodness packed into a small space

    • Written by from Toronto

    I bought this about a month ago. The set up was easy with all of my devices (iMac, MacBook Air, and iPhone and Apple TV). From the packaging to the aesthetics to the sound - every attention to detail is evident.

    It's true, the sound quality is that good that you will hear new sounds in songs that you have listened to a thousand times before. I also purchased a digital optic cable to connect my tv and the Aura is instantly turned into a home theatre surround sound system.

    The design of the Aura is drool-worthy. The subtle swipe volume touch pad on the front, the soft glow of the blue light in the centre, the illuminated icons on the side all stand up and put the Aura over the top in most categories.

    Having it easily connect to all of my devices with just one digital optical cable and the power source cable is…well its very good. If you have ever been underneath your desk or behind your media centre trying to plug a bunch of cables, you know what I am talking about.

    The only negative thing about it is that I have spent the last month looking for a permanent stand for it to sit on that is worthy of its beauty and calibre of design. So far no luck, but I will keep looking, terrible situation to be put into I know :)

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic!!!!!

    • Written by from Newark

    Excellent sound and it really fills the room... Works seamlessly with my Macbook Retina and iPhone 5...... Looks great too.....

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice sound and nice connectivity.

    • Written by from Rio de janeiro

    Loved it

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful design, great connectivity options - annoying execution

    • Written by from NEWTON

    This was an impulse buy based on design looks, all I'd gone into the store to do was buy a phone dock. Connected to my device well via Bluetooth and then.......I couldn't get that wifi light to stop blinking. I don't leave my router on and it's picking up the other 50 networks in my area and won't stop trying to connect. Not that it ever gets enforced but technically a felony. I read the manual and it's 'supposed' to go off. But I guess not if it sees open and unlocked networks (which aren't mine). Sorry to have to take it back tomorrow. Basic functionality HK - Bluetooth on/off, WiFi on/off. That light is about as relaxing as a car seat belt icon WITH the dinging.

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent performance and super cool to boot.

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    I'll be honest, the cool shape of this extraterrestrial speaker is what first drew me to it but when I cranked it up, boy was I surprised. There is a richness to the sound that is completely unexpected. The low tones are full but not overbearing and the high notes sing with a real brightness. I highly recommend this device, it's one purchase you won't regret!

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    You may want to consider other competitors at this price.

    • Written by from Toronto

    There are better competitors at this price. The design is attractive, but sound quality is below the competitors.

    6 of 16 people found this useful